Should you hand wash your bras?
Hand washing is generally better – use lukewarm water and a mild detergent.
If you don’t have time and need to throw it in the washing machine, use a mesh garment bag, fasten the clasps and choose a gentle setting.
Try rotating your bras throughout the week to give the elastic a chance to regain its shape.
Your bra is an item of clothing that’s next to your skin, so it picks up dirt, oil, bacteria and sweat pretty quickly as you go about your day-to-day life.
Bacteria start to multiply fairly quickly, and can even cause a rash to develop on your skin.
Jene Luciani, author of The Bra Book, says you should be washing your bra every single day.
“You should actually wash it after every wearing if you want it to last,” she told Reader’s Digest.
“The dirt and oils in our skin can break down the elasticity in the fabric, so it’s important to wash your bras regularly.”
However some experts say that you can get away with washing your bra after every second, third or fourth wear.
An eBay lingerie expert commented: “Depending on a woman’s personal hygiene and lifestyle, a standard bra may be worn a couple of times before it needs to be washed.
“Some women who sweat more may wish to wash their bras more often but for everyday wear, washing after every wear isn’t necessary.”
You may find that you need to wash your bras more in the summer because of the higher temperatures.
Underwire bras that are pushed up right against your skin tend to hold more dirt and bacteria than a soft cup bra that doesn’t hug your skin as closely.
Of course, sports bras should be washed after every workout.